A former inmate from Madison County, Georgia, has been praised for saving a baby crawling down a busy highway and comforting her with gospel music.
Bryant Collins has been through a lot in his life, but it was the first time he had seen a newborn baby crawling along the side of Highway 72.
“I had seen something out of the corner of my eye, and I thought it was a baby,” said Collins, who served a decade in federal prison. “I just stopped and, when I got out, there was a baby—almost in the highway.”
“What the hell is going on?” Collins expressed his surprise and confusion at the unexpected event that occurred in broad daylight in 2016. “A baby?”
When he came to a halt, the auto repairman dashed over to the small girl crawling on the side of the highway.
As he dialed 911, he was still in astonishment. It was the same for the operator who answered his call.
Collins sat with the 15-month-old baby for two hours, playing gospel tunes from his phone to keep her entertained.
“The baby started crying,” Collins said according to 11Alive, “So I turned my phone on and let her listen to some gospel music, and she calmed right down.”
Madison County Sheriff Kip Thomas soon arrived and indicated that the baby had been left in the care of her elder siblings and had crawled out from her home.
Before arriving at the highway, she crawled 300 yards through the woods.
“Honestly that’s almost a miracle: that a 15-month-old can go that far from her house, into the woods, fall down an embankment, wind up near a major highway, and really not get hurt that bad,” Thomas stated.
Timothy Pickens, the baby’s father, arrived at the station and began arguing with the police officers while they were still checking the child.
The father was detained, and the child’s mother was expected to be arrested as well.
Collins was delighted that he could help save the infant though he was still shocked.
His life was tumultuous, and he suffered depression. That led to abusing substances, and he was eventually apprehended by authorities.
“I did 10 years in the federal institution for manufacturing cocaine,” said Collins, who had been free for five years. “When I was in prison, I made a very conscientious effort to change, and I did.”
“It made me feel good, that I could be in society and do good,” Collins said of his decision to save the little girl, according to the SBLY Spotlight.